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Natural selection fall necklace

Create a fall necklace that could be plucked from the forest floor
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A finely veined leaf is a dramatic backdrop for a smaller electroformed pendant. Choose an acorn or four-leaf clover, a cypress or ginkgo leaf, a pine cone, or a maple seedpod. Coin pearls and faceted rondelles provide ethereal elegance to this otherwise earthy necklace.

SUPPLIES 

  • 4–6 45–55mm filigree leaf pendant (variety of styles on Etsy)
  • 30–40mm accent pendant (variety of styles on Etsy)
  • 4 or 5 10–14mm coin pearls
  • 19 or 20 4–8mm faceted gemstone rondelles
  • 23–25 13/0 seed beads
  • 23–25 4mm spacers
  • 31–35 in. (79–89cm) cable chain, 4–6mm links
  • 2 in. (5cm) long-and-short–link chain
  • 23–25 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) head pins
  • 6mm jump ring
  • 2 6mm split rings
  • chainnose, roundnose, and split-ring pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. On a head pin, string a 13/0 seed bead, a spacer, and a rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Repeat to make 19 or 20 rondelle units and four or five coin pearl units.
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2. Cut a 2-in. (5cm) piece of long-and-short–link chain. Attach three or four rondelle units and two or three pearl units to the chain. Complete the wraps as you go.
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3. Complete the wraps on two rondelle units. Use a split ring to attach a rondelle unit, the chain dangle, a rondelle unit, and a leaf pendant.
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4. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (My necklaces are 33 in./84cm.) Cut a piece of cable chain to that length. On each end, attach a rondelle unit and a coin pearl unit.
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5. Use a split ring to attach each end of the chain to the leaf pendant.
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6. On one side, attach a rondelle unit 2 in. (5cm) from the pendant. Continue attaching rondelle units, 2 in. (5cm) apart, until you have attached six rondelle units. Repeat on the other side.
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7. Open a jump ring and attach the accent pendant to the leaf pendant. Close the jump ring.

 

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